Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Last night we attended Ryan's GED graduation at Wharton County Jr. College. Now you might be wondering why we attended a graduation ceremony for a simple GED certificate, I'll explain...

Ryan has been homeschooled since the first grade. He wanted to take the GED test as "proof" of his education. He was quite intimidated by the test so he enrolled in a GED test prep class offered at the local jr. college.

He did very well in his prep classes and tested out to be included in a pilot program called "T3" or Teach/Train/Transition. 
 These students attend GED classes and college credit classes at the same time. And since it was a pilot program, we didn't have to pay for anything!

Ryan aced his GED and takes his certification tests next month for the T3 program. When he passes those exams he will be certified to work in a medical office as an office manager or in medical billing.  The classes also count as credits earned if he wants to go into any of the other medical fields such as nursing, EMT, paramedic, or radiology.

This has been such an accomplishment for our Ryan.  He has never been a model student.  His learning style is very eclectic and is hampered by ADHD.  After years of homeschooling I wondered if he could just walk into a classroom setting and do well.

He could.

He did. 

And he worked so very hard to be successful in this program and make us all proud.

  His hard work and enthusiasm obviously touched his instructors, too!

This simple "walk" was so important to Ryan.
We are very grateful to everyone who came to share this wonderful night with us!

We are akso thankful to the WCJC system for their dedication to the GED/T3 programs!  It allows so many people from vastly different walks of life to educate and better themselves.  It instills knowledge, skills, confidence, and a huge sense of pride and accomplishment in it's graduates...

Especially eclectic, blue haired, home educated young men!

The world is at your feet, son.
Go out there seize the day!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations young man. I am so proud of you and so pleased that you are pursuing a career in medicine. I know you bring a lot of gifts to the profession.
" Aunt Nancy"

Kalona said...

Congratulations to Ryan, and to mom and dad who helped him get to this place in his life.

JoAnnC. said...

He initially wanted to go into the nursing program but has since changed his mind. He's going to work for a semester or two to see what he really wants to do. He's only 17 so he has time!